Overview of the Mountain West Digital Library

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Sandra McIntyre
Program Director
Analysis
OVERVIEW
Overview
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Goals
History and governance
Infrastructure
Frontiers
With DPLA
Goals
• Help more organizations to digitize
materials about our region’s history and
cultural heritage
• Maintain a public portal to digital
collections in the Mountain West region
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Make content accessible to everyone
Offer local control
Keep it low cost
Standardize for interoperability
History and
governance
• Early 2000s: digitization collaboration
between University of Utah and Utah
State Historical Society
• Kenning Arlitsch requested support in
2001 from Utah Academic Library
Consortium
• Governed by UALC Council of Directors
• Policies developed by UALC Digitization
Committee
How we are put together
INFRA
STRUCTURE
Infrastructure
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Distributed network
Tiered services
Standards and best practices
Partnerships
Aggregation
Distributed network
Utah State
Univ 1
Utah State
Univ 2
Weber
State Univ
Salt Lake
Comm.
College
Utah
Valley
Univ
Utah State
Archives 2
Utah State
Library
Health Educ.
Assets
Library
Univ of
Nevada
Las Vegas
Univ of
Nevada
Reno
Southern
Utah Univ
Utah
Education
Network
BYU 2
Utah Dvsn
Arts &
Museums
BYU 1
Univ of
Utah
Utah State
Archives 1
Mountain
West
Digital
Library
Utah Digital
Newspapers
Tiered services
• MWDL Central
• Hosting Hubs
• Collection Partners
MWDL
Central
Partnerships
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Academic departments
Academic libraries
Academic presses
Archives (counties, states,
cities)
Historical societies
Museums, including art museums
National heritage areas
Natural history associations
Public libraries
Publishers (journal, magazine,
newspaper)
State Agencies
State Library
State Historical Societies
Partnerships
Geographic coverage:
• Utah
• Nevada
• Southern Idaho
• Hawaii
In process:
• Arizona
• More in Idaho
Partnerships
• Partnership Agreement
– Partner sets digitization priorities and
secures funding
– Partner ensures usage rights, privacy, and
other legal considerations
– Collections are branded for recognition to
partner
– Hubs provide training and project setup for
partners
Standards and
best practices
Standards and
best practices
• Qualified Dublin Core
• Metadata mappings to
QDC from other
systems
• 8 required fields; 2
other mandatory-ifapplicable fields
• Preservation fields
recommended
Standards and
best practices
• Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR)
document:
Digital Imaging Best Practices
Standards and
best practices
Standards and
best practices
Aggregation
Types of resources:
• Photographs
• Maps, plans, and drawings
• Artworks
• Scholarly documents
• Music, oral histories, other sounds
• Videoclips, animations, Powerpoint presentations
• Books
• Mintes, log books, reports, bills and ordinances
• Birth and death records
• Finding aids
• Newspapers
Example in
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Aggregation in
Ex Libris Primo
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An integrated discovery system
Harvests via OAI and other mechanisms
Harvests multiple repository types
Powerful searching
Online delivery
http://mwdl.org
Results in MWDL
Where we need to go
FRONTIERS
Innovation
• Geospatial metadata project
• Search engine optimization for digital
repositories, with Kenning Arlitsch et al.
• Linked Data exploration
Collaboration
• Western Archival Network, with
– Northwest Digital Archives
– Rocky Mountain Online Archive
• Regional digital preservation network
• Distributed internship program
• Including full range of partners in
governance and participation
Sustainability
• Funding beyond Utah Academic Library
Consortium’s limited budget
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Funding Development Task Force
State legislative requests
Grants for innovation projects
Membership fee or direct services fees
Moving forward
WITH DPLA
With DPLA
1. Providing metadata for harvest
2. Facilitating the conversation about
usage rights
3. Customized metadata assistance
4. Expanding services to underserved
memory institutions
5. Repository services
6. Community services
Questions welcome!
• Sandra McIntyre
Program Director
Mountain West Digital Library
801.585.0969
[email protected]
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